Sylvia Townsend Warner in Maiden Newton - 23 July, 1960

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 265:

Listening to Parry's De Profundis as I roasted pork, and as if to something unknown, the first solo entry came at once out of the performance and out of my memory.  I knew it as well as though I were the singer.  I breathed & phrased it.  And recalling, I found it was at High Street [the house at Harrow school where her father was housemaster] I knew it: 1913, perhaps. One preserves time so completely intact - for I hadn't given it a thought since - that one feels like an airtight jar when it comes out again.

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 265. accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: Maiden Newton


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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De profundis
written by Hubert Parry

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 July, 1960
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:22:44 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:34:10 +0000